Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
8,060 4.4 % $18.65 $38,800 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.20 $13.66 $17.50 $22.75 $28.04
Annual Wage (2) $23,300 $28,410 $36,390 $47,310 $58,330


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,270 0.71 $18.74 $38,980
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,010 1.09 $20.74 $43,140
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 850 0.42 $16.56 $34,450
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 510 0.15 $19.31 $40,160
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only) 470 0.10 $18.27 $38,010

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,010 1.09 $20.74 $43,140
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,270 0.71 $18.74 $38,980
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 850 0.42 $16.56 $34,450
Foundries 350 0.30 $17.37 $36,120
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 90 0.16 $20.69 $43,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 170 0.03 $32.00 $66,560
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 250 0.04 $26.35 $54,800
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,010 1.09 $20.74 $43,140
Ship and Boat Building 60 0.05 $20.72 $43,100
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 90 0.16 $20.69 $43,030


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 970 0.06 1.03 $17.94 $37,320
Ohio 580 0.11 1.92 $18.87 $39,240
Oregon 510 0.28 4.92 $20.91 $43,490
Illinois 470 0.08 1.41 $21.53 $44,770
Michigan 400 0.09 1.66 $20.50 $42,640




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 510 0.28 4.92 $20.91 $43,490
Vermont 50 0.16 2.91 $18.71 $38,920
Alabama 310 0.16 2.87 $15.21 $31,630
Oklahoma 220 0.14 2.52 $18.25 $37,950
Missouri 320 0.12 2.05 $15.54 $32,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 270 0.09 1.52 $26.62 $55,360
Idaho 80 0.12 2.16 $21.60 $44,930
Illinois 470 0.08 1.41 $21.53 $44,770
Nebraska (8) (8) (8) $20.96 $43,590
Oregon 510 0.28 4.92 $20.91 $43,490



<

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.08 1.39 $18.69 $38,880
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 180 0.14 2.56 $20.28 $42,180
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.11 1.91 $14.09 $29,310
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 170 0.15 2.65 $23.07 $47,990
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 140 0.14 2.49 $18.28 $38,020
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 110 0.13 2.34 $20.60 $42,840
Pittsburgh, PA 100 0.09 1.57 $20.61 $42,880
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 1.06 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 100 0.05 0.86 $17.37 $36,120
Eugene, OR 90 0.59 10.48 $20.69 $43,040


<

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eugene, OR 90 0.59 10.48 $20.69 $43,040
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.38 6.66 $17.65 $36,700
Akron, OH 80 0.26 4.55 $19.19 $39,910
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 170 0.15 2.65 $23.07 $47,990
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 30 0.15 2.67 $23.53 $48,950
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 180 0.14 2.56 $20.28 $42,180
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 80 0.14 2.43 $19.06 $39,650
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 140 0.14 2.49 $18.28 $38,020
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.13 2.22 $19.13 $39,780
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 110 0.13 2.34 $20.60 $42,840


<

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Greensboro-High Point, NC (8) (8) (8) $25.25 $52,520
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 30 0.15 2.67 $23.53 $48,950
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 170 0.15 2.65 $23.07 $47,990
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.81 $47,440
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 1.18 $22.80 $47,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 50 0.02 0.36 $21.96 $45,680
Tulsa, OK (8) (8) (8) $21.45 $44,620
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA (8) (8) (8) $21.32 $44,350
Stockton-Lodi, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.11 $43,900
Eugene, OR 90 0.59 10.48 $20.69 $43,040

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 170 1.05 18.54 $15.08 $31,370
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.41 7.25 $17.64 $36,690
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.19 21.09 $26.04 $54,160
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 80 1.18 20.93 $22.05 $45,870
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 6.31 $19.18 $39,900

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.19 21.09 $26.04 $54,160
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 80 1.18 20.93 $22.05 $45,870
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 1.14 20.18 $15.53 $32,300
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 170 1.05 18.54 $15.08 $31,370
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 30 0.52 9.16 $13.81 $28,720

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.19 21.09 $26.04 $54,160
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 80 1.18 20.93 $22.05 $45,870
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 8.18 $22.02 $45,800
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 5.06 $19.94 $41,480
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 6.31 $19.18 $39,900


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018